Hilary Robertson / 19 October, 2016


By Sean Means

A sound filled Salt Lake City’s Clark Planetarium on Monday that staffers hadn’t heard in months: shouting third-graders.

School field trips are part of the “soft opening” of the Salt Lake County-owned planetarium’s newly renovated and re-engineered exhibit space, beta-testing an array of hands-on lessons in Earth science and astronomy that will open to the public Saturday with a day’s worth of special events.

The $3.5 million makeover is the culmination of four years of research and programming, planetarium director Seth Jarvis said. Jarvis and his staff discovered that the best exhibit is one “that is both engaging to the visitor personally, and also stimulates interaction with other people,” he said…Read More